Sep 09, 2013

How to Remove Power Lines in Photoshop

Removing Distractions

Sometimes everything comes together perfectly in a photo and there is no need to remove anything. In my experience this is a rare case. It is always better to move the object in person rather than in Photoshop if at all possible.

This image provides a great example for when it is really not possible to remove the distraction in person. The power lines in this image are the perfect thing to leave up to Photoshop. It is much easier to remove them in post than it would be in person.

There are a few great ways to removing things from the background of your images.


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  • user image

    My only issue I have with this method is that when I have tried it, the areas painted by the brush do not have the natural “noise” like the areas surrounding them. Even with pictures where the ISO is fairly low, there still an inherent noise/texture beyond just the natural overall color gradient.

    When printing or viewing small this isn’t too much of an issue but if the picture is viewed/printed on the larger side it that area shows up as a “smooth spot” for lack of a better term.

    Much like skin retouching you have to put that noise texture back so that the parts you have replaced match in texture to the parts around it.

    Otherwise, great tutorial for a very under-rated yet simple tool in Photoshop.

    • user image

      If you’ve carried out the painting on a new layer, then just add some dust and scratches or artificial noise from the filter menu.

      • user image

        That’s a possible solution but it may not match the surrounding noise texture exactly. One way I have tried with success is to create a high pass layer highlighting the same texture around what you cloned/stamped/brushed out and then paint that back in after slide that layer over the places you need it.

  • user image

    I w8ill have to use a lot more the brush tool, thanks for tutorial.